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Yoga at -41C on the famous Baikal-Amur Mainline railway

By The Siberian Times reporter
24 January 2018

Ekaterina and Yulia popularise yoga in Tynda but taking it into the great outdoors.

For these two women Tynda, in Amur region, is about something else - outdoor yoga in the middle of winter. Picture: @lapik94

As any Russian school child will know, Tynda is a great train hub, the capital of the Baikal-Amur Mainline (BAM) - the other trans-Siberian  railway. 

It is also a key setting off point on the partially-constructed Amur-Yakutsk Mainline into the heart of Russia’s diamond region of Yakutia, also called the Sasha Republic. 

But for these two women Tynda, in Amur region, is about something else - outdoor yoga in the middle of winter.

'Yoga is not that developed or popular here in Tynda', said Yulia. 

Yoga in freezer


Yoga in freezer


Yoga in freezer


Yoga in freezer


Yoga outside


Yoga outside

'We don't have that many stunning architecture locations here, but there is nice nature and cold weather which we decided to use.’ Pictures: @lapik94, Yulia Usenko

'We thought about trying to change the attitude to it and wondered if strong pictures and videos might attract more people.

'We don't have that many stunning architecture locations here, but there is nice nature and cold weather which we decided to use.’

The railway bridges were used for their asanas in the freezer. 

'We have to think about the type of asanas to practice ahead of the shoot; cold weather doesn't allow photo equipment second chance to take pictures,’ said Yulia. 

Yulia


Ekaterina

Yulia (top) and Ekateriana (bottom) pictured in typical Tynda environment. Pictures: Yulia Usenko, @lapik94

'We keep a car nearby to warm up. 

'So far several shoots were made at -30C and -41C. We didn't catch cold. 

'I won't say that we didn't feel cold, but we enjoy the idea of showing the benefits of yoga so much that we find this weather bearable.'

Comments (5)

Please don't try this at home!
Doc, US
23/06/2018 17:29
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I don't think I could manage to do Yoga for I'd probably tie myself in a knot...but I would find it no bother to stick around & watch these beautiful "Professionals" do it. What cool moves.
Jaker, Dundalk
23/03/2018 10:10
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Bravo Yulia and Ekateriana! I love yoga as well and practice it on a regular basis (beginner level compared to both of you... :-) ). You both have excellent posture in your asanas and wonderful idea leveraging the beautiful nature of Tynda as your location. I hope you continue and that other members of your community join you.
Pamela K Tetarenko, League City, USA
25/01/2018 08:01
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Very nice. Flexibility at sub-zero.
Andres Suarez, Mexico
24/01/2018 21:40
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I like them! Great beautiful!
姚剑申, 巨鹿/中国
24/01/2018 19:06
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